This post isn’t about Harley Crown. Some of you will be quite thrilled to learn that, based on the dwindling stats I’ve seen since I started running that series. But Harley does play into this week’s theme, in a way, and said theme will be rather brief and concise. Lots of folks (at least in America, which may soon be known as Trumpica) are prepping for the upcoming holiday and they don’t have time for blog posts that contain more than three words.
So, we’re going to do a bit of a survey, one in which I hope you participate even though I have already violated the three-word limit. In my fevered imagination, I think I’m providing a variety of interesting, humorous, and somewhat bizarre material, something any writer would want to do. (Well, any writer like me.) But I’m fully aware that what I think I’m doing and what other people think I’m doing are two entirely different things. Therefore, we have the following questions which concern the current and possibly future state of the nation at Bonnywood Manor.
ONE. The Buffet Line.
What do you like the most about the current content?
A. The “Past Imperfect” series.
B. The “Present Tense” series.
C. The “Sunday in the Park” series.
D. The “Blogger Spotlight” series.
E. The short stories.
F. The nostalgia pieces.
G. The excerpts from “works in progress”.
H. I like everything. Just keep doing what you’re doing.
TWO. Standing in line at the DMV.
Studies have shown that most blog readers will skip over long blog posts, not willing to commit to the time investment. I have a habit of issuing forth sometimes epic ramblings. Your thoughts?
A. I actually prefer the shorter pieces.
B. I’m good with the longer stories, but not so good with the multi-part stories. They’re too hard to follow and it’s easy to get lost with all the “click here to read this other part” mess, especially when you shove in other unrelated posts in between the parts.
C. The story determines the length. I’ll read whatever it is and click if I need to do so.
THREE. The quid pro quo factor.
I follow a tremendous number of blogs. This means that I don’t always have the time to get around to everyone’s fresh posts, let alone make an insightful comment. And I even miss some of the comments on my own posts. How does this make you feel?
A. Honestly, I feel a little used when I give you a love tap and then I don’t get a return conjugal visit.
B. Oh, please. We’re all busy. As long as you reach out and touch on a semi-regular basis, it’s all good.
C. I think you have some validation issues, and you need to let them go. I follow you because I like your stories. I don’t need a return back-scratch.
FOUR. The cross-pollination.
I have multiple blogs, and I (rather often) re-post some of the material from those other blogs here on the Bonnywood site. Your reaction?
A. I follow at least one of your other blogs and it doesn’t bother me at all. I like revisiting some of the things that you have done.
B. I follow at least one of your other blogs and yeah, if you cross-post something that I recognize, I’ll probably just move on without reading it. No offense.
C. You have other blogs?
FIVE. Sharing the love.
I’ve been contemplating, for some time, doing a “post sharing” opportunity like Bernadette does over at Haddon Musings with her “Senior Salon” series. Essentially, this means that once a week (or some type of regular schedule) I would throw out a post where I invite other bloggers to proffer up some of their work. Sometimes there will be a theme, some weeks it will be a la carte. This presents an opportunity for all the folks who visit my site to possibly visit your own. Your willingness to participate?
A. I am not interested at all. Thanks, though.
B. Sounds intriguing, but I need more convincing. Maybe I’ll just watch how the first couple of posts go and then make a decision.
C. I think this sounds pretty swell. No promises, but count me in for now.
And there you have it. If you feel moved to respond, (and I know many of you will only click “like”, if even that much, and subsequently run for the hills), then please indicate your answers in the comment section. Something along the lines of “1-A, 2-B, 3-C”, that sort of thing. I really do value your input, because there’s no point in being a part of a writing community if I don’t, in fact, respect that community.
(P.S. I know that I could have just used one of the WordPress widgets to create a poll with a more professional and scientific cache, but sometimes technology is not all that, and I’d much prefer that folks communicate using words instead of clicking on buttons.)